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Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it’s a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying “documentary,” for the first time ever on DVD.

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Special Features Häxan (1922), a new digital, speed-corrected transfer of the Swedish Film Institute’s tinted restoration Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in Dolby Digital 5.0 Commentary by Danish silent film scholar Casper Tybjerg Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease A short selection of outtakes Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sources Stills gallery New English translation of intertitles Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the 76-minute version of Häxan, narrated by William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring Jean-Luc Ponty English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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